The Classic Sneaker Style I'm Buying This Year Instead of "Dad" Trainers

I have a confession to make: I don't really do sneakers. And before you roll your eyes and dismiss me as a heel-wearing, high-maintenance fashionista, let me assure you that I am all about the flats, whether it's ballet pumps, Chelsea boots, loafers or brogues. Practicality has always been a priority. I've always admired girls who manage to pull off the whole "laid-back with a sportswear twist" look, but I've always felt my best when my outfits have more polish, and that generally means a smarter shoe style.

Yet something has shifted this year. As I was browsing this season's street style shots, I noticed quite a few influencers stepping out in Converse. But, we're not talking the skinny jeans–and–band tee pairings that pervaded our teenage years—rather elegant, grown-up get-ups. The effect is startlingly chic. Dad trainers? Slightly unwieldy and aggressive-looking. Supergas? A tad too simple. Converse? They offer the perfect middle ground, as they look cool in a retro-inspired way, yet they're classic enough to go with almost everything in your wardrobe. Plus, they're just what I want to throw on when I'm popping to the shop when working from home.

Just check out the fashion girls below, who wear theirs with everything from midi skirts to white jeans. Who knows? Maybe I am a trainer person after all. Scroll down to see and shop my favourite Converse outfits.

1. Kick-Flare Jeans + White Shirt + Knotted Scarf
How to wear Converse: Megan in jeans and white shirt

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@meganellaby

Style Notes: For a little injection of rock 'n' roll into your weekend wardrobe, try knotting a skinny scarf with a white shirt and adding straight-leg jeans. The ultimate pairing for black high-tops.

2. Chunky Knit + Pleated Midi Skirt
How to wear Converse: Editor in white knit and midi skirt

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Getty

Style Notes: This showgoer knows how to elevate her Converse sneakers: Simply add a luxe knit, a pleated midi and chunky gold jewellery. Just too cool.

3. Floral Midi + Gold Jewellery
How to wear Converse: Lotte in floral dress and Converse

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@asos_lotte

Style Notes: Adapt your summer dress for the spring months with a pair of white high-tops a la ASOS Lotte. Comfortable, stylish and great for the weekend, even if you're just chilling at home.

4. White Jeans + Check Blazer
How to wear Converse: Kaia in white jeans and blazer

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Getty

Style Notes: Kaia's officially the queen of the model-off-duty look. We're so into her heritage tailoring, white denim and laid-back sneakers.

5. Puffball Dress + Colour-Pop Bag
How to wear Converse: Donna in black mini and Converse

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The Style Stalker

Style Notes: Okay, this is officially our fave outfit. Who says Converse were just for denim? Donna Wallace makes a good case for wearing them with a statement frock in this dramatic getup.

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